Scott didn’t say why he felt the need to reply with the name of O.J. Simpson. I can only make an assumption. So I’m assuming that Scott wants to say that because Mr. Simpson was charged for the death of his wife and his wife’s associate just five days after their murders were discovered, when he went to jail and stayed there until his murder trial was over, faced a jury of his peers, and was eventually found not guilty, the injustice in Sanford, Florida with George Zimmerman being allowed to go home with his murder weapon in hand after police showed up at the scene of Trayvon Martin’s death and declared the case closed after less than eight hours of investigation is somehow justified. The racial context is self evident. White people felt that a black man got away with murder so it’s only fair that black people now feel that a white man is getting away with murder. White people felt robbed of fairness eighteen years ago. It’s only fair that black people get robbed today. It’s only an assumption, but I do believe it is an appropriate one.
Six weeks and counting, George Zimmerman is walking around free as a bird and is amassing a group of supporters to counter the protest for his arrest that’s being led primarily by the black community. Because so many black people are outraged over the fact that Trayvon’s murder was dismissed so quickly by the authorities as they tried to sweep everything under the proverbial rug, a number of white people have taken up the defense of Mr. Zimmerman. Black people are accused of trying to inject racism into the picture. But people conveniently forget that the picture in question is already painted on the landscaped canvas of America already covered thick with brush strokes of racism from industrial grade sized rollers.
Mr. Simpson wasn’t a man who lived as a member of the black community. He spent his life amongst the people who loved him most, the white community. These were the people who made Mr. Simpson a football star, who then decided to put him into their movies, and bought all of his high priced football paraphernalia that made O.J. a member of the well to do. When his wife was murdered, the people who supported him for so long attacked him for his otherness. He was a black man privileged to live well in the upper crust whites and the white community felt betrayed by him. A black man isn’t allowed to kill a white woman no matter what may have happened. Mr. Simpson could’ve pleaded all day long that he was just trying to defend himself, but that defense would’ve held up like wet tissue paper on the ass of somebody suffering from dysentery. Mr. Simpson was charged, tried, and not convicted.
Let’s say for the sake of argument that Mr. Simpson did get away with a crime he committed. Even if that may have been the case, what does that have to do with Trayvon? As far as we know the young black teenager didn’t even know O.J. Simpson. So why would so many people who were outraged at the injustice of Mr. Simpson getting away with murder be pushing for the world to accept the injustice of George Zimmerman getting away with murder? At least O.J. Simpson was charged. We are still waiting for George Zimmerman to face his day in court. Some people want to argue that the murder of Trayvon was justified despite the fact that the teenager was walking home unarmed when Zimmerman decided to get out of his car with his nine millimeter, chase Trayvon down even though he was told not to, and pulled the trigger shooting Trayvon to death under very suspicious circumstances. But even if that is the case and the murder of Trayvon was justified according to law, let Mr. Zimmerman be judged by a jury of his peers in a courtroom like O.J. Simpson was.
We already know that the judicial system is unfair. We have lived with the racial disparity of our courtrooms for years. It’s one of the reasons that so many black people felt vindicated when Mr. Simpson was declared not guilty by his peers. It may not have been right. But after so many generations of black people being unfairly convicted in court in so many different reenactments of To Kill a Mockingbird, it was a surprise to see a black man emerge from a courtroom a free man when so many white people wanted his conviction. The white community gave O.J. Simpson all the tools he needed to obtain some semblance of justice. The white community made O.J. Simpson a very wealthy man with notoriety that he used to his advantage. It may not have ended the way all of us may have liked. But the man had his day in court and was found not guilty.
It is intolerable for people to think that it is okay for Zimmerman’s crime to go without prosecution because of what happened with O.J. Simpson almost two decades ago. The only thing Trayvon Martin and O.J. Simpson have in common is the color of their skin. In fact, O.J. Simpson has more in common with George Zimmerman. But of these men were suspected of committing crimes. And both of them need to go to court, explain themselves, and face the judge and jury. Mr. Simpson faced that music eighteen years ago just five days after the murder he was suspected of committing. It has been six weeks and George Zimmerman is still a free man. Even if people didn’t think justice was properly dispensed eighteen years ago, it is not an excuse to circumvent justice today.
And lastly, if we are going to say that a black teenager’s murder is payback for O.J. Simpson eighteen years ago, then people from the white community should never complain about the injustice of holding America liable for the enslavement of black people and the denial of justice that has led to the unfairness of America today with respect to the black community. If you can argue that Trayvon’s murder is payback because of the unfairness of O.J., if Trayvon must pay the price because of what somebody else has done back in the day, then it should be acceptable for America to pay the price of what America did back in the day to the black community that has led to the racial disparity that allows some of us to actually support the murder of our young black people. And we all know that’s never going to happen.